How Much Does a House Survey Cost in 2022?
In 2022, a UK house survey costs between £290-£1,390, depending on the survey you need and the value of the property.
We’ve taken the average costs from a sample of 20 RICS Chartered Surveyors and Building Societies from across the UK to give you a clear guideline of all house survey costs.
We've calculated the average UK house survey costs as £380 to £800 depending on the type of survey you choose.
The table below includes the average cost for a RICS Valuation, Condition Report (Level 1), HomeBuyer Report (Level 2) and a Building Survey/Full Structural Survey (Level 3) for the average UK house price of £267,000.
|Survey Type||Average Surveyor Fee|
RICS Level 1 Survey
RICS Level 2 Survey
RICS Level 3 Survey
Survey Costs by Property Value
The table below includes the average cost for all house surveys for a range of property values.
Your house survey costs will mainly be based on the value of the property - so the more expensive the property is, the higher the surveyor fees will be.
|Property Value||RICS Valuation||Level 1 Survey||Level 2 Survey||Level 3 Survey|
|Up to £100,000||£220||£290||£380||£630|
|£100,001 to £200,000||£280||£290||£420||£700|
|£200,001 to £300,000||£320||£380||£500||£800|
|£300,001 to 400,000||£370||£400||£570||£900|
|£400,001 to £500,000||£420||£420||£640||£990|
|£500,001 to £600,000||£490||£470||£740||£1,120|
|£600,001 to £700,000||£520||£500||£790||£1,180|
|£700,001 to £800,000||£570||£520||£860||£1,270|
|£800,001 to £900,000||£610||£540||£920||£1,340|
|£900,001 to £1,000,000||£640||£560||£980||£1,390|
Level 1 - Condition Report Costs
The Level 1 Home Survey or Condition Report costs £380 for the average UK home. The cost of a Condition Report is relative to your house price and size, so depending on your house price you could pay between £290 to £560 for the survey.
RICS Condition Report (Level 1 Survey) at a glance:
- Mainly for new build homes.
- The most basic and least in-depth survey.
- Ideal if you just want a straightforward condition rating.
- Won’t offer advice on the value of the property.
The Condition Report is the most basic survey available and therefore the cheapest. This report will grade the various elements of the property and will only state if there are defects that need urgent repairs or further investigation.
The surveyor will provide condition ratings for the main parts of the building, garage and some outside elements. They will be rated from 1-3, with 1 meaning no repairs or further investigation needed and 3 meaning urgent repair.
To learn more, read our guide on Condition Reports.
Level 2 - HomeBuyer Report Costs
A Level 2 Home Survey, also known as a HomeBuyer Report costs £500 - though you may pay between £325 and £900. The true cost will vary depending on the size of your home and its location.
RICS HomeBuyer Report (Level 2 Survey) at a glance:
- Suited for most modern property types.
- Designed for properties that are in good condition.
- Designed for properties that were made using common materials.
- Not as in-depth as a level 3 survey.
- More comprehensive than the condition report.
- Valuation optional.
You’ll need a Level 2 Home Survey if the house you’re going to buy is relatively modern, fairly conventional and built with common materials. Any risks or repair work will be rated 1-3 using a Traffic Light System.
If your surveyor is also a RICS Registered Valuer, you can usually ask to have a Valuation done alongside the survey report, but it's likely to cost you around £50 extra. If you require a Valuation for your mortgage agreement, check with your lender beforehand to ensure they will accept this type of valuation.
To learn more, read our guide on HomeBuyer Reports.
Level 3 - Building Survey Costs
A Level 3 Home Survey or Building Survey costs £800 on average, though it can be as cheap as £630 and as expensive as £1,200. A Building Survey is the most comprehensive of all the survey types and provides an in-depth examination of the structure and condition of the home. It's the highest survey level and includes a thorough inspection of the property and a detailed report.
RICS Building Survey (Level 3 Survey) at a glance:
- Suited for older or listed buildings.
- Designed for properties that have had, or plan to have, extension or renovation work carried out.
- Suitable for properties in poor condition
- Designed for properties built using unusual materials.
- The most comprehensive survey and usually the most expensive
- Describes identifiable risks and hidden defects.
You will need a Level 3 Home Survey if the property you plan to buy is either an older building, one that was constructed with unusual materials, is in poor repair or is a listed building. A Building Survey may seem expensive, but it’ll highlight hidden defects that could cost you thousands to repair after you’ve moved in. You’ll also be given recommendations for further actions to help you decide whether the home is a worthy investment.
To learn more, read our guide on Building Surveys.
RICS Valuation Costs
A Mortgage Valuation or RICS Valuation can cost £320 for an average priced property in the UK, though costs can be as low as £160 and as high as £600. The cost of the valuation is relative to your property value and the lender you choose to go with.
RICS Valuation at a glance:
- This is not a property survey.
- It's used by mortgage lenders to confirm the value of the property.
- It won't highlight any defects or damage.
The valuation won't look for hidden defects - a valuation will only confirm to your mortgage lender that the property is worth what they're lending. Some mortgage lenders will include a valuation for free whilst some start at £75. You should find out what mortgage fees are required before you take out a mortgage.
To learn more, read our guide on RICS Valuations.
Home Report Costs in Scotland
If you’re buying a house in Scotland, it’ll be the sellers’ responsibility to provide you with a Home Report. On average, this costs between £585 and £820 according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
To learn more, read our guide on Home Report Scotland.
Are There Any Other Costs Involved?
You should only have to pay for the survey itself. However, if you or your surveyor spot a specific area of concern, you can order a Specific Defect Survey. This survey will be as in-depth as the Level 3 survey, but it only looks at the specific area you or your surveyor highlights, including:
- Cracks in walls
- Timber rot or infestation
- Flood damage
- Roof issues
- Non-standard construction
- Issues with brickwork quality
- Rainwater gutters and down-piping defects
It's important to remember that your property surveyor will usually not be a structural engineer, electrician or plumber, so they may recommend that you ask a specialist for alternative opinions and advice on certain problems. These will only be for specific issues and the option is entirely up to you.
Who Covers the Cost if Problems are Found?
If your survey reveals bad results, you can try and renegotiate your original offer with the seller to cover the costs of any repair work. Your new offer might not be accepted as it doesn’t legally have to be.
If you decide to take your surveyor’s advice and have a follow-up inspection, then you'll have to cover the added costs. Your surveyor should only recommend these if they believe a real risk might exist and the cost of the specialist inspection is justified.
Is a House Survey Worth the Cost?
Although a house survey might seem expensive, you will save money in the long run by having one. RICS discovered that 4 in 5 homeowners bought a property without having a home survey first. These buyers then went on to spend on average £5,750 in unexpected repair work. A property surveyor can help you determine if the property is worth the investment or if there are too many repairs needed.
Peter Bolton King, RICS Global Residential Director, said, “Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most people will ever make and yet many consumers are so blind to the facts. Serious faults are difficult to identify and costly to repair. By not being aware of them, consumers are risking a potential home buying time bomb." King continued by stating that "this can cause extreme stress and financial strain on homeowners who are often stuck with a property they no longer want but cannot sell.”
Comparing Different Home Surveys
The type of property you’re going to be buying will affect what type of survey will best be suited to you. Here’s a comparison of each home buyer survey and the type of property it's best suited to.
|Level 1 Survey||Level 2 Survey||Level 3 Survey|
50 years old
Over 50 years old/unusually constructed
Includes a clear traffic light rating
Looks at the condition of the property
|Offers an in-depth look at the structure||×||×||✓|
Identifies potential problems
Offers professional repair recommendations
Highlights defects and urgent issues
Helps buyers negotiate a better price
Includes information for your conveyancer
To learn more, read our guide on types of house survey.